This is a disappointment at every turn. With this you can see there was practically no effort in developing the game itself. Even with graphics aside, the gameplay is extremely poor.
So you start the game up, everything is going alright, so the graphics aren't that good. You see right off that the storyline is going to have lots of twists. It seems like everything might be alright.
Then the gameplay starts.. andddd it's over. Everything from outdated interface ideas, poor enemy movement, unrealistic everything. I don't care that people found the story interesting, it certainly does not come close to making up for all the games flaws, and it certainly does not make up for the fact that it couldn't even touch 98% of same-style games in past consoles.
The combat in this game is some of the poorest of all time. Take the time to look around at some real combat reviews of the game. Chances are almost everything you hear about it has happened. If you can't do combat well, don't do it at all.
This is something that should have been made in the Playstation 1 era at best. And even then it's not even remotely good enough to compare to many of the titles back then, let alone now.
Director's Cut? He should have cut it in half and threw it in the trash. It's like the cheap dollar store version of Silent Hill
As you can tell from the other reviews this is a very "love it or hate it" kind of game. Overall I enjoyed it but maybe because I'm the kind of person who can find entertainment in things that are...less than great.
By all conventional definitions, yes, this game is bad, really bad. It looks like an old Dreamcast game, the audio quality is all over the place, the controls are clunky and stiff, etc. In fact its so bad that I was half convinced that that was all intentional. And thats what made this game enjoyable for me and my roomate who watched me play the entire game, just the constant hilarious "what the f-?" moments that this game provides. The story was decent enough to keep me interested and the gameplay wasn't too bad until the final boss which was made difficult only because of quick time events and awkward controls.
While I can't really blame people for giving up on it quickly, I do feel that they are missing out. If you are at all interested then by all means give it a shot, if you give it the time you'll certainly have an interesting ride.